• Literacy

Sharp Reading Comprehension Strategy Instruction (Secondary)

PL # 12523.
Starting on 18 Mar 2020
Cancellation permitted until 12/03/2020

Event registrations closed on 16/03/2020

Description

This course focuses on comprehension teaching in the secondary classroom.

This workshop provides participants with:

• a knowledge of the skills employed by successful readers,
• an explicit, transferable routine for comprehension instruction, that empowers students and simplifies the work of teachers
• classroom strategies to enable students to be active in their reading and increase engagement in their learning. The Sharp reading Comprehension Strategy Instruction routine can be used for the whole class, small groups or individuals.

Whether working one-to-one, in small groups, or with the whole class, this approach to reading comprehension instruction is simple and effective. Extensive research and classroom trials support its effectiveness as a successful teaching approach that improves reading engagement and achievement. It is applicable and beneficial for all learning areas and this includes the LOTE learning area.

The course will focus on the Sharp Reading stage 3 Comprehension Strategy Instruction routine that focuses on constructing meaning at the sentence level. Following that will be a focus on stage  5 of the Sharp Reading progression that moves students from constructing meaning to text analysis at the paragraph and whole text level. 

  Resources:
• All necessary classroom materials required for teaching the routine including formative assessment observation sheets.
• 12 months of online tutorials valued at $99 NZ. This includes at-your-own pace learning with weekly tutorials, video modelling and support. 

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Secondary Teachers, Principals and Literacy Leaders, Support Teachers and Teacher Assistants.

Presenters

Christopher Witt (AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant

Christopher Witt joined AISWA in 2009. Prior to that he was a Consultant at STEPS Professional Development.  At STEPS, Chris developed a literacy resource for secondary teachers: Tactical Teaching Reading. It included materials and professional learning courses and had great success nationally and internationally, helping many secondary teachers to successfully support literacy across their curriculum area.

After teaching for 25 years, Chris worked in various advisory and consultancy roles in curriculum improvement. He has been at AISWA for ten years as a Literacy Consultant providing support for teachers and schools in professional learning and literacy improvement initiatives. This includes Sharp Reading, First Steps and Primary Connections. Key PL programs developed by Chris at AISWA include Scaffolding Adolescent Literacy and Programming and Assessment in English (P-10). 

Jill Buckrell (AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant

Jill Buckrell is a Literacy Consultant with previous experience as a teacher and school leader in both urban and remote schools. She has a strong commitment to improving literacy outcomes for Aboriginal students and has been involved in several major Indigenous Education initiatives in the past as a school principal in remote WA and the Northern Territory. Jill began work at AISWA as a literacy consultant in 2012 and is involved in a number of key professional learning initiatives including: Big Six, Hot Readers and Data Conversations to Target Instruction (literacy). She is also an accredited Sharp Reading presenter and manages the implementation of this program in Western Australia. Jill co-organises the annual Broome Conference for remote Aboriginal schools. Jill’s particular interest lies in the research, development and application of quality literacy strategies and opportunities for students who underachieve in literacy.

Segments

Event Segment

Date / Time

18/03/2020
Starts: 09:00
Finishes: 15:30

Address

AISWA Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Suite 3, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017
Australia

Parking

Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350Please note that the City of Stirling has recently implemented PAID street parking on streets located around the AISWA offices. Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (maximum fee charged is $5.00 per day). Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

Learning Area

  • Literacy

School Area

  • Secondary (7-10)
  • Leadership
  • Education Assistants

Event Contact

AITSL Standards